Water, Water Everywhere
Article by FINE Magazine
In April 2014, in an effort to hugely cut water costs, the city of Flint, Michigan switched water sources from Lake Huron to treated water from Flint River. Following the switch, residents began complaining about the water’s color, taste and odor. Various organizations, including a General Motors plant in Flint as well as the Flint Public library, discontinued use of Flint water as little action was being taken to make Flint’s water drinkable. Tests from various officials deemed the water safe and meeting all health standards despite the water’s toxic levels of chlorine byproducts, corrosive properties and coliform bacteria. It was eventually discovered, with virtually no help from state or municipal officials, that the river water’s high acidity was corroding old lead pipes and lead was leaching into the water supply at extremely high levels.
While Flint water officials maintained that they had detected safe amounts of lead in Flint’s water supply, the effects of Flint’s water were devastating and unmistakable to its citizens. The health effects listed in a class-action law suit against city and state officials included skin lesions, hair loss, high levels of lead in the blood, vision loss, memory loss, depression and… READ FULL ARTICLE